Sixth Avenue Subway Construction

Sixth Avenue Subway Construction FebruaryFeb 20 2021 01:30pm - 02:30pmOnline

$10/Free for Members


The Sixth Avenue Line is considered the most complicated and challenging project in New York City history, despite being only two-and-a-half miles long. As the last major mid-Manhattan subway route to be built, it had to be intricately threaded through earlier subway tunnels and other underground infrastructure. The Sixth Avenue Line originally opened in December 1940, and additional trackage was added in November 1967 as part of a larger project to integrate the IND and BMT systems.


Join long-time Transit Museum volunteer, CUNY instructor, and historian Andrew Sparberg for a digital discussion on the history of the Sixth Avenue Line. Using images from the Transit Museum archives, we will take a virtual station-to-station ride along the line and discover unique and often-hidden engineering challenges that its builders had to overcome.




Please Note: This discussion will take place online. Upon registration, all participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to participate. We encourage you to download the Zoom app in advance for the best user experience.


Thank you for supporting the Transit Museum!


Photo: Sixth Avenue Subway Opening Sign, 1940; New York Transit Museum. 

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